The House Committee on Science and Technology has passed H.R. 547, the Advanced Fuels Infrastructure Research and Development Act.
The bill initiates a research, development and demonstration (RD&D) program to make biofuels more compatible with present-day infrastructure. H.R. 547 also directs agencies to develop technologies and methods to provide low-cost, portable and accurate measurements of sulfur in fuels, and to develop a physical properties database and Standards Reference Materials for biofuels.
...if our country is serious about reducing our dependence on foreign oil, we need to get serious about mobilizing the infrastructure necessary to distribute and dispense alternative fuels.—Bart Gordon (D-TN), Chairman
We can have all the biofuels to supply every car in our nation, but if the infrastructure is not in place to move the fuels to where they are needed, then it doesn’t help us. Further, if the government is going to mandate that retailers sell Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel fuel, then there should be an affordable means to ensure that the fuel being sold fits those requirements.—Ralph Hall (R-TX), Ranking Member
Among the changes incorporated during the mark-up session on the bill were making the EPA Office of Research and Development the lead agency conducting the R&D and adding a funding authorization.
H.R. 547 is expected to be before the full House within the next two weeks.